We have an ambitious goal of reaching 2 million customers by 2020, and positively impacting the lives of over 10 million people – while building Africa’s largest and most reliable network for the distribution of clean energy products to BoP customers and institutions serving them.
We drive positive change for local communities in three key ways:
DRC’s off- and poor-grid households (the world’s poorest) and institutions (the world’s most underserved) spend half of their daily income on candles, kerosene lamps and other fuel – to light their homes, charge mobile phones, power home appliances, and cook.
2015 Mandela Washington Fellow and 2014 D-Prize Winner. Over 5 years working in the DRC energy access market. Holds an M.A. degree in Development Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and a Business and Entrepreneurship certificate from Dartmouth College, USA.
2014 Westerwelle Foundation Fellow, 2015 IVLP Fellow, and 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow. Over 5 years working in the DRC energy access market. Holds an M.A. degree in Development Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and an Energy Access certificate from UC Davis, USA.
Washikala and Iongwa, both from the same small village in the DRC, first met in Tanzania as refugees fleeing civil strife in their home country. In the Lugufu refugee camp near Kigoma and hundreds of miles away from Dar es Salaam, a shared interest in returning to improve lives back home emerged.
The two friends earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Development Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam before returning to start their work. In the DRC, they founded Altech and have grown it to become the country’s leading solar products’ distributor. The need is great. More than 90 percent of the DRC population does not have access to electricity. Even the few who have grid power experience an average of 17 power blackouts per month, some lasting many days.